I want to start out by making sure that you know that I’m not making fun of Christians. I am a Christian and that’s not my intention. This is something that I’m going through and it’s my retrospection on the issue. If you’re offended by this, then you’re really missing the point.
To that point, we need to stop getting so offended. Probably in general, but let me be specific. I’m not referring to Christians being offended by “inappropriate” content available on TV or the internet. I’m talking about Christians being offended when we’re made fun of on TV, the radio, in movies, etc.
As Christians, we don’t tend to have a good sense of humor about ourselves. We take ourselves very seriously and we often hurt our public image. We get made fun of a lot and I get how easy it is to get upset. Especially when it comes to something you believe in. When someone insults something that you base your life decisions on, it’s a natural reaction to lash out. I know of other Christians calling TV stations and complaining, boycotting something, or writing articles on how they feel about the issue.
My question is, how does making a scene, when we get our feelings get hurt, help us? Is it going to make people treat us better? Is it going to put us in a better light? Not really, no. The only thing publicly complaining can do is make us look like religious jerks and prove them right.
I’m going to be short and sweet here, and say I think we should stop. Not having a sense of humor is hurting our witness and our credibility. Did Jesus get offended and complain when people didn’t like him? No. He moved to the next town and shook the dust off his feet. -Matthew 10:14
Let’s stop complaining. Let’s stop trying to get whole TV shows off the air because we don’t like the way they talk about us. Let’s stop getting so offended and learn to laugh at ourselves.
Let’s start loving people in spite of how we feel. Let’s start being so nice that it makes them feel bad for making fun of us in the first place. “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” Proverbs 25:21-22.
Isn’t that how we were taught to handle bullies in elementary school? We were told to laugh at ourselves and not be defensive. Maybe we should try that now.
Do you get made fun of because of what you believe in? How did you handle it? How should you have handled it?